21-year-old hacker claims responsibility
iPhone users who have jailbroken their handset to install third-party apps have fallen victim to a virus created by an Australian hacker that alters the phone's wallpaper to a picture of singer Rick Astley.
The hacker, Ashley Towns, a 21-year-old from Wollongong, south of Sydney, claimed the virus was a "harmless" practical joke.
The virus had spread to hundreds of iPhones nationwide by early yesterday and has since gone global.
It followed a similar virus in Germany where a hacker demanded users pay a fee of five dollars for its removal. But Towns was not demanding money from his version.
iPhone users flooded online forums including Whirlpool reporting the virus as early as Friday.
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